Belt tightening is usually the modus operandi when it comes to budgets and it’s been no different with the 2014-15 Garden City budget, which is being proposed to increase by 3.9 percent for a grand total of $55.7 million. At the village’s second budget meeting last month, the official on the hot seat regarding department cutbacks was Village of Garden City Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of Cultural and Recreational Affairs Kevin Ocker. He was asked by the board to evaluate what can be done to close the gap on the village’s pool and tennis enterprise accounts. According to Ocker, a plan was developed to increase membership fees, such as a $15 increase for a now $500 family membership, and offer a $50 seasonal golf pass to pool members that they can purchase at the beginning of the pool season.
Stewart Manor resident William Grogan won a spot on the Village Board of Trustees in the annual election held last Tuesday, March 18. Grogan ousted incumbent Orlando Sa while Mary Carole Schafenberg was reelected to her position as trustee.
Newcomer Grogan, representing the Independent Unity Party, won by a large margin and received the most votes out of all three candidates, 225. Schafenberg held onto her seat with 204 votes. Sa and Schafenberg represented the Village Party.
With retiring Village Administrator Robert Schoelle leaving such a large impression behind him, the Garden City Board of Trustees made an equally large splash announcing the hiring of former Glen Cove Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi as Schoelle’s heir effective March 31. The announcement was made at the board of trustees meeting on Thursday, March 20. Suozzi’s new responsibility as village administrator will find him reporting to Mayor John Watras and the board of trustees as the chief operating officer, responsible for leading and managing the daily operational activities of the village. The Glen Cove native was plucked from an initial pool of 120 applicants found by AffionPublic, a national municipal search firm that was tapped by the search committee of Trustees Richard Silver, Andrew Cavanaugh and Brian Daughney to aid in filling the position. The search process was an arduous one, according to Mayor Watras.
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The Western Property Owners Association (WPOA) is seeking applicants for positions as officers and directors; these terms begin in April 2014. Any resident of the Western Section of the village who is interested in seeking office or joining the WPOA Board of Directors is urged to submit a letter of interest and a resume to: Jonathan Kashimer, 6 Fenimore Ave., Garden City, NY 11530. The deadline for submission of applications is Monday, March 31. Applications will be reviewed by the nominating committee, and interviews will be conducted, as needed. The committee will present its nominations at the April general meeting.
The Western Section of Garden City is bordered on the north by the main line of the LIRR, on the east by the west side of Tanners Pond and Edgemere Roads, on the south by Cambridge Avenue and on the west by Jefferson Street.
Please visit www.gcwpoa.com for up-to-date information and village meeting dates.
Submitted by the Western Property Owner’s Association
Dr. Vincent R. DiGregorio, senior surgeon at Garden City’s Long Island Plastic Surgical Group, has been selected to participate on a panel at the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons’ (ASAPS) Annual Conference in San Francisco. The panel is entitled “Nasal Airway Obstruction-What YOU Need to Know.” Nationally recognized for his expertise in the field of nasal obstruction, Dr. DiGregorio is one of five doctors throughout the United States who was asked to participate. The conference, which is held for an audience of nearly 10,000 plastic surgeons specializing in aesthetic surgery, allows for leading professionals to describe surgical techniques for procedures requiring both cosmetic and functional fixes.
Through the four public budget work sessions the Garden City Board of Education has hosted since the beginning of the year, Common Core, its flawed rollout and the inherent costs to the district have become common refrains voiced by attendees and board members alike. At the Tuesday March 11 meeting, it was revealed that the Garden City Board of Education would be sending a letter signed by all the trustees addressing aspects of this controversial program that are problematic to the district. Among the topics touched on are the withholding of grade 3-8 Common Core test results, the reduction of local control over curriculum and teacher/principal assessment and performance. Enclosed is the letter in its entirety.
The Irish American Society of Nassau Suffolk and Queens, located on Willis Avenue in Mineola, held its 64th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 2. The parade started behind the Nassau County Court House off Old Country Road. It proceeded up Mineola Boulevard to Jericho Turnpike and ended at Jericho Turnpike and Willis Avenue.
Despite several significant budget revisions, the Garden City Board of Trustees took no action to adopt the proposed 2014-15 budgets presented at a recent study session. Kevin E. Ocker, the chairman of the Board of Commissioners of Cultural and Recreational Affairs, outlined modifications made to the proposed parks and recreation budget since it was last presented.
“Since Feb. 8, our budget requests for the recreation and parks operations and the capital have been modified,” Ocker said. “I want to confirm that our amended requests sustain our diverse level of service in every area. In addition, our general revenue centers, including program revenues, St. Paul’s field house rentals and the St. Paul’s field rentals now project a 5.5 percent increase raised from our original projection of $464,000 in general revenues to now internal revenues to $492,000.”
Hard decisions are once again part of the equation for the Garden City School Board in regard to the proposed budget for the 2014-15 school year despite the fact that this year’s tax levy cap is expected to be 1.58 percent versus last year’s 3.91 percent. Monetarily, the proposed budget amount is slated to be $109,280,138, a $1,677,772 increase over the 2013-14 adopted budget of $107,602,366. These were among the many numbers discussed at the board of education work session that was moderated by Superintendent Dr. Robert Feirsen and the Garden City Board of Education on Tuesday, March 4.
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